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The Essential Rumi by Jalal al-Din Rumi
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The Essential Rumi (1995)

by Jalal al-Din Rumi

Other authors: A. J. Arberry (Translator), Coleman Barks (Translator), John Moyne (Translator), Reynold Nicholson (Translator)

Series: The Essential Religious Series

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This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems.

Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of thirteenth-century Sufi Mystic Rumi more popular than ever.

The Essential Rumi continues to be the bestselling of all Rumi books, and the definitive selection of his beautiful, mystical poetry.
  PSZC | Apr 17, 2019 |
I have a great deal of respect for Rumi, and I trust him. He’s never just playing the crowd; he’s sincere.
  smallself | Mar 29, 2019 |


Rumi's poetry touches Soul in Its deepest recesses, reminding us of the value of silence, of contemplation, and of seeking God within ourselves. Sprinkled throughout his poetry, is a liberal dash of Light and Sound, the two manifestations of God's voice on Earth. We too can contact these two aspects of God, and almost magically, Rumi's poems all fall into place. This book is more than a book of poems. It is something akin to a map, detailing one man's spiritual journey into the Heart of God, and then back into society, to live amongst the "sleeping."

This is one of the most comprehensive translations of Rumi's work by Colman Barks and is a constant companion. I thoroughly recommend this book! ( )
  iSatyajeet | Nov 21, 2018 |


Rumi's poetry touches Soul in Its deepest recesses, reminding us of the value of silence, of contemplation, and of seeking God within ourselves. Sprinkled throughout his poetry, is a liberal dash of Light and Sound, the two manifestations of God's voice on Earth. We too can contact these two aspects of God, and almost magically, Rumi's poems all fall into place. This book is more than a book of poems. It is something akin to a map, detailing one man's spiritual journey into the Heart of God, and then back into society, to live amongst the "sleeping."

This is one of the most comprehensive translations of Rumi's work by Colman Barks and is a constant companion. I thoroughly recommend this book! ( )
  iSatyajeet | Nov 21, 2018 |
The quality was all over the place. Some of it was beautiful, some of it was sad, some of it was funny, some of it was boring, some of it was convoluted. One of them is definitely going up onto my wall of quotes, though. ( )
  benuathanasia | Jun 10, 2018 |
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Jalal al-Din Rumiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Arberry, A. J.Translatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barks, ColemanTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moyne, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nicholson, ReynoldTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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for compassionate heart within the mind, the light within the body,
for the sun, Shams of Tabriz, and Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
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In the tavern are many wines—the wine of delight in color and form and taste, the wine of the intellect's agility, the fine port of stories, and the cabernet of soul singing.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062509594, Paperback)

The best-selling Rumi book ever is now better than ever! This revised and expanded edition of the comprehensive one-volume edition of America′s most popular poet includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks, and 57 new poems never published before.

The ecstatic, spiritual poetry of Rumi is more popular than ever, and The Essential Rumi continues to be far and away the top-selling title of all Rumi books. With the addition of many new poems and a new introduction, The Essential Rumi is now clearly the definitive, and most delightful selection of Rumi′s poetry.

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A collection of poetry by the thirteenth century Sufi saint cover topics ranging from emptiness and silence to elegance and majesty.

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